• Kyodo, staff report

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The outgoing South Korean ambassador to Japan met for the first time with the host nation's foreign minister on Thursday, as ties frayed over wartime and territorial issues had prevented them from meeting, sources familiar with bilateral relations said.

South Korean Ambassador to Japan Kang Chang-il finally met with Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi just before leaving the post he assumed in January last year. Kang had never held talks with any Japanese foreign minister or prime minister during his year-and-a-half tenure.

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